Mornington is a popular seaside town known for its great cafes and restaurants, boutique shops and stunning beaches.
As a local on the Mornington Peninsula, I'd like to share with you my families favourite Mornington cafes, beaches, walks, playgrounds and more in this list that I've put together to help you plan a great family day trip.
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Playground: First up with the kids, a visit to the Schnapper Point Playground located at the beach end of Main St might be a good place to start if they're a bit restless from the drive down. The playground has recently undergone extensive renovations and most of the equipment except for the old timber pirate ship is brand new.
A view over Mother's Beach towards Mornington pier
Stroll: After that, a stroll down to the Mornington pier is recommended and perhaps stopping off for a moment to take in the view from the Schnapper Point lookout before returning back to the park via Mother's beach. On certain Sundays throughout the year you will find the Enterprize sailing ship at the Mornington pier offering 1 hour sailing trips but you can also board the ship for a gold coin donation to have a look around.
Cafes: The most popular cafes amongst locals is the hidden away Commonfolk cafe in the industrial estate. There's the Main St favourite 'The Winey Cow' which was recently awarded the Victorian cafe of the year. With children the Sober Mule located in Mornington's homemaker centre is popular with its playground and Lilo on the Esplanade across from the beach is a good child friendly cafe.
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Historic train rides: The Mornington railway is fun for train loving toddlers and operates on most weekends.
Beaches: My personal favourite is Mills beach. It's a brilliant spot for kids of all ages, is home to the lifesaving club along with many colourful beach boxes. Second in line is Mother's beach, which is located near the pier and again is a perfect kid's beach.
Shopping: Mornington has many lovely shops to browse through. There's the popular home ware stores, florists, fashion, shoes, art, jewellery and book stores to name a few.
With all these wonderful things that Mornington has to offer and only an hour's drive from Melbourne, it's definitely worth a day trip or weekend away.
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